Republishing Madness: Two steps forward, one step back, but still moving

For the last three years of my author life I’ve felt like Sisyphus pushing a stone up a hill, only to have it roll back down, thus negating any progress. It has been very frustrating, to say the least. Instead of writing, I’ve spent time and energy (and money) republishing novels and stories. Too often, I think I have given a story a good home, only to find it orphaned.

Republishing involves: re-editing (sometimes editing out a publisher’s style and reasserting my own); new covers; possibly new blurbs; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; new ISBNs (stupidly expensive in the US); uploading to retailer sites; plus promotion, promotion, promotion.

Basically everything an author has to do when self-publishing, except all of that stuff had already been done and now you have to do it all over again. Sigh. Continue reading

Summer Romance Bingo cheat sheet!

Have you heard? The Ripped Bodice, a bookstore in Culver City, California, devoted entirely to romance is having their second annual Summer Romance BINGO! Below is a cheat sheet to how my books can fill in your BINGO card!
Ripped Bodice BINGO card
Read a book with the trope, fill out a square on the BINGO card. After you’ve completed a row on your bingo card you can enter to win prizes!

Here is my books cheat sheet to fill in those squares:

Forced proximity

The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale (also available at The Ripped Bodice)

Firefighters

Undamaged

Carriage Sex

The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
The Westerman Affair (also available at The Ripped Bodice)

Fashionista

Well, it may be considered a stretch by some, but I always think of Penelope Hardcastle of The Pleasure Device and Where Destiny Plays as a Fashionista (both available at The Ripped Bodice: The Pleasure Device and Where Destiny Plays)

Enemies to Lovers

The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale (also available at The Ripped Bodice)

Queer Historical

Bisexual heroes in:
The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
Disobedience By Design (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
Where Destiny Plays (also available at The Ripped Bodice)

Pre-Renaissance

Hadrian and Sabina: A Love Story (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
Imperial Warriors: Two Scorching Tales of the Roman Empire (okay, so this is only around 10,000 words and two short stories, but the collection is still a “book”)

Hero Smells Like a “MAN”

I seriously do not remember if I used this trope, but it sounds familiar. If you come across it in one of my novels or shorts, let me know in the comments!

Heroine is Older than the Hero

Where Destiny Plays (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
(I’m pretty proud of this aspect of the story!)

Birds Are Somehow Involved

My short story “Silent Sky” has a very important literary device at the end that involves birds. “Silent Sky” is in the boxed set Getting Naughty: Twenty Tantalizing Tales (which, I guess, you’d have to read most of to keep yourself BINGO-honest)

Download the Bingo card (pdf) from the Ripped Bodice.

These are the official Bingo rules from the Ripped Bodice website:
– Bingo runs from June 1 to August 31, 2018
– Each square represents one book that you’ve read THIS summer (honor system please and thank you!) Remember, you can interpret the categories however you want.
– Fill in the square with the title of the book and the author once you’ve read one that meets the criteria.
– BINGO = five in a row (horizontal or vertical)
– For each row your complete, you can enter to win prizes! Enter at: www.therippedbodicela.com/BINGO
– Make sure to share how your board is coming along on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook with hashtag #rippedbodicebingo

GOOD LUCK!!!

I Met My Cover Model

In July, I went to San Diego for the annual conference of the Romance Writers of America. I attended sessions on the craft of writing, the business of promotion, and opportunities in publishing. I hung out with friends at the pool bar, watched a 19th-century fashion show, and attended the Hamilton sing-a-long.

I also watched a faux romance cover shoot. With the guy who’s been on three of my covers:

Imperial Warriors Cover ReginaKammer_TheGeneralsWife200 The Pleasure Device 2013 cover

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